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A checklist for your moving house day


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After dealing with your conveyancing solicitors, chartered surveyors, removal companies and mortgage business, most probably with the help of a home information pack to get your home on the market and an exchange in place, its then on to the moving part which can potentially more difficult and stressful.

First make sure you have a documented resource of all the information above and keep it safe and secure as you will it no doubt in the future and things get lost and moved in the packing and removal process.

Then, conduct a list of all your main and most precious possessions, it may also be easier to start with larger items such as your televisions, sofas, beds, wardrobes etc and also try making a floor plan on which you can plan where the items will go in your new home.

This will help you to make the decision of what to keep and what to get rid of before the items go into your new home. It is very common for homeowners to sell or pass on to charities many items that they once believed that may need in the future. Keep things simple and in turn your new house will give a clean, uncluttered and more modern appearance.

Its important to remember, of course, not to pack important items such as passports, jewellery, driving licenses etc as not only can they be lost but it may be rather difficult claiming theft with a removal company. Save the hassle and keep them in a purse, bag or somewhere close and safe during the move.

In fact it may be best to find a reliable and professional insurance company who will cover the possessions, you may find that the removal company you are thinking of moving house with will be able to provide you with cover too.

Then its time to start moving your possessions that are undecided on or not easily placed into your new home into storage and also travel to your new home or hire cleaners to completely revive your new home, this can also include painter and decorators and carpet fitters to move in before your possessions are in the house.

Transfer your Childs school records, and register with new doctors dentists in your area, this also may be a good time to arrange pet and child care on the day you move and purchase moving cards or an online post to inform friends and family of your new address and contact numbers.

Remember to arrange your gas, electric, water, TV license and phone lines too. This can be a nightmare if not sorted and once they are all done, it will allow you to settle into your new home stress free.

The author is a specialist in house survey , house conveyancing and moving house .


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